Monday, July 6, 2015

Some Thoughts on the Nation

It's been a while since I've seen fit to visit these old stomping grounds. The truth of the matter is that there's no one single reason as to why I haven't been around lately. Life takes its turns where it will, and when it does, you either buckle up and put both hands on the wheel, or you end up getting banged around like a stray coin in a dryer. Between my struggles with court reporting studies and moving back to Roseville after so long in Auburn, not to mention helping my fiancee plan our wedding, I haven't had a whole lot of time to blog about everything that's been driving me mad in regards to politics this past week. Or for that matter in the year or two it's been since I've actually blogged around here, but with the recent ruling by the Supreme Court regarding gay "marriage", I finally felt the need to dust off the keyboard and get off my chest that which has been eating at me since the ruling was made over a week ago.

Put simply, this is the worst case of judicial activism since Roe v. Wade in the seventies. Except that this case will make that one look like a candle flame to the gay marriage inferno. Over 80 percent of the country identifies as Christian in some way, shape, or form. Are the majority of those people just going to sit back and take this lying down? My guess, personally, is no. Already we have a Christian man who has decided to fight back rather than pay a business-destroying fine for not serving a lesbian couple a wedding cake. Texas's state government officials, including Governor Abbot himself, are actively and outright defying the ruling as if it was never made. Pastors all over the country are calling for civil disobedience in the face of this ruling as well. That doesn't sound at all like a group ready to kow tow to some magically created "right" in the Constitution, an that gives me a bit of hope.

That said, when I read stories like the above mentioned, I also realize that during my entire childhood, I had yet to live in a time when there was a real crisis of any sort going on in America. I was born only a few months before Jimmy Carter left office and the Reagan Era began. My first twelve years in this country and on this Earth were essentially nothing but prosperity. On top of being a kid, and having no worries, I was living in the strongest economy America had experienced up to that point. Even through the Clinton years I never noticed anything really wrong with the country or the economy. In fact, the first real sense of dread I felt was in 2008, after the economy tanked and Obama was elected. It was the first presidential election I really paid attention to,and it was when the scales were pulled off my eyes and I began to see that this politics stuff MATTERED. I was so affected by this revelation that, come 2012, upon Obama's reelection, I actually cried myself to sleep. No joke.

Yet, now, after the last six years, I came to realize that the current cycle is temporary, and the winds of change are already blowing in a rightward direction. For all the talk about Hillary's supposed inevitability as the next President of the United States, Ted Cruz seems to be blazing quite the path toward the White House. However in the bag she thinks her candidacy is, Hillary will have a fight on her hands if Cruz gets the nod.

What's the point of all this rambling, you ask? Well, put simply, that things will get better. This too shall pass, and all that. It's going to take more than one bad president to erode America's founding principles.

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